Category Archives: Wafer and Foundries

58% of Semiconductor Foundry Capacity is Under High Risk for Seismic Activity

May 11, 2016, anysilicon


Researchers estimate that there are about 80,000 earthquakes globally each year, but most are too minor to notice. The Great East Japan Earthquake (a.k.a., 2011 Tohoku Earthquake) and subsequent tsunami that struck east of Sendai on March 11, 2011 caused substantial loss of life and destruction to infrastructure.  It was

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Semiconductor Foundry Sales Ranking 2015

April 27, 2016, anysilicon

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TSMC, by far, was the leader with $26.4 billion in sales last year.  In fact, TSMC’s 2015 sales were over 5x that of second-ranked GlobalFoundries (even with the addition of IBM’s chip business in the second half of 2015) and almost 12x the sales of the fifth-ranked China-based foundry SMIC.

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Samsung Starts Mass Producing of Industry’s First 10nm DRAM

April 12, 2016, anysilicon


Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first 10-nanometer (nm) class* , 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 (double-data-rate-4) DRAM chips and the modules derived from them. DDR4 is quickly becoming the most widely produced memory for personal computers and IT

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TSMC will Build a 12” Fab in China

April 06, 2016, anysilicon

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TSMC, the world’s largest pure-play semiconductor foundry, plans to build a 12“ wafer fab a service center in Nanjing, China.
The new facility in China would be able to produce up to 20,000 12” wafers per month and will start production of 16-nanometer process technology in 2018, according to

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New 2D Semiconductor Material Will Lead to Faster Chips

February 23, 2016, anysilicon


Research in the field of 2D materials that started approximately five years ago, focusing on developing materials that are one layer thick which would make it faster for atoms to move in a single layer. Currently, transistors and other components used in electronic devices have been made of 3D materials

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TowerJazz Completes Acquisition of Maxim’s Fab

February 02, 2016, anysilicon


TowerJazz, announced today that it completed its previously announced acquisition of an 8-inch wafer fabrication facility in San Antonio, Texas, United States from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM). This acquisition will expand TowerJazz’s current worldwide manufacturing capacity, cost-effectively increasing its production by about 28,000 wafers per month. The availability of

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